Who Is Terry Porter?

Are you wondering to yourself, "Who is Terry Porter?" Terry Porter has had a career with the NBA that has spanned nearly twenty years. This two time All-Star has many highlights as a player and a coach. Porter’s career is one that is interesting to chronicle.

Terry Porter was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 8, 1963. He played a minimal amount of basketball in high school, but considerably more in college. Porter played four seasons while attending the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Porter’s college achievements include National Association Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) First-Team All-American and “Player of the Year” distinctions. His senior year, Terry Porter averaged nineteen points a game and four assists.

In 1984, he was invited to the Olympic basketball team trials, led by coach Bob Knight. Porter was among other basketball greats, including Patrick Ewing, Wayman Tisdale and Michael Jordan. He was cut from the team, but received the attention of National Basketball Association (NBA) scouts. Terry Porter was drafted to the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers on June 18, 1985. He stayed with the team for ten years, twice making it to the NBA Finals. Porter received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his charity work in 1993 while with Portland.

For the 1995 to '97 seasons, Porter played as a free-agent for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He assisted in helping them reach their first winning season. Porter played for the Miami Heat from 1998 to 1999. His last team as an NBA player would be the San Antonio Spurs from 1999 to 2002. Terry Porter retired after his last season in San Antonio in 2002.

In the 2002 to 2003 season, Porter emerged as an assistant coach to the Sacramento Kings. In August 2003, he became head coach to the Milwaukee Bucks. After a dismal 2005 season, Porter was released. In 2006, he returned to the NBA as an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons. In 2008 he was the head coach for the Phoenix Suns for approximately a year before being released. Terry Porter’s non-basketball achievements include finishing his communications degree in 1993, becoming a member of the Boys and Girls Club's Hall of Fame and creating the Milwaukee Scholars Fund for minority students.


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